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Coal Miners Memorial
Yough Slope Mine, (Youghiogheny Slope Mine)

West Newton,
Sewickley Township,
Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

A Memorial to the Coal Miners that mined the Bituminous Coal seams of the Yough Slope Mine, West Newton, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania

Compiled & Edited by
Raymond A. Washlaski

Raymond A. Washlaski, Historian, Editor,
Ryan P. Washlaski, Technical Editor,

Updated Jan. 7, 2009

A Memorial to the Coal Miners that Worked the
Yough Slope Mine


Following is a partial list of the miners, coke workers, mine employees and company store employees that worked the Yough Slope Mine, West Newton, South Huntingdon Twp., Westmoreland Co., PA.   The coal miners names have been researched and complied from various sources by Raymond A. Washlaski, Historian: newspaper obits, newspaper articles, Pennsylvania Bureau of Mines Reports, township histories, and names of coal miners submitted by various people, etc..
The Nationalities listed for various miners, are taken directly from "Report of the Department of Mines of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA" as reported for the various years.  Those listed as American, could be either native born or naturalized citizens.
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Since 1870, Pennsylvania's Annual Report on Mining Activities has recorded 51,483 deaths from mining accidents-- 31,113 deaths in anthracite mines and 20,370 deaths in bituminous mines.

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COAL MINERS MEMORIAL
YOUGH SLOPE MINE
[ A ]
[ B ]
Berarducci, Joseph
(Italian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1912, Yough Slope Mine, Westmoreland Co., PA, Age 28, married.);
(Injured.  Three fingers taken off by a fall of slate at the face of a pillar, in the Yough Slope Mine, Feb. 19, 1912.)
Burnesly, Lewis
(Miner, Pick Miner ca.1898, Youghiogheny Slope Mine, Westmoreland Co., PA, Age 38, married.);
(Injured.  Leg broken by a fall of roof coal, in the Yough Slope Mine, Nov. 10, 1898.)
[ C ]
Callaway, Henry
(Miner, Pick Miner ca.1889, Yough Slope Mine, Westmoreland Co., PA, Age 22, single.);
(Injured.  Knee and hip knocked out of place by a fall of slate, in the Yough Slope Mine, April 19, 1889.)
[ D ]
Dancyn, Mike
(Austrian Miner, Coal Loader ca.1913, Yough Slope Mine, Westmoreland Co., PA, Age 45, married, 3 children.);
(Killed.  Killed by a fall of roof at the face of a room, in the Yough Slope Mine, Dec. 16, 1913.)
[ E ]
Eberzink, Frank
(Austrian Miner Boy, Coal Loader ca.1913, Yough Slope Mine, Westmoreland Co., PA, Age 16, single.);
(Injured.  Leg fractured by a fall of coal at the face of a room, in the Yough Slope Mine, June 27, 1913.)
Eliason, Edwin
(Swedish Miner, Company Man ca.1903, Yough Slope Mine, Westmoreland Co., PA, Age 23, single.);
(Injured.  Thumb crushed by tipple machinery, outside of Yough Slope Mine, Aug. 3, 1903.)
[ F ]
Fritchman, F. M.
(Superintendent, ca.1903, ca.1905, of the Yough Slope Mine, Westmoreland Co., PA, for Pittsburg Coal Company.)
[ G ]
[ H ]
Hall, Henry
(Miner, Pick Miner ca.1903, Yough Slope Mine, Westmoreland Co., PA.)
Handle, Mac.
(Miner, Mule Driver ca.1889, Yough Slope Mine, Westmoreland Co., PA, Age 26, single.);
(Injured.  Hip dislocated by falling in front of a trip of mine wagons, in the Yough Slope Mine, June 25, 1889.)
Hauser, John
(Superintendent, ca.1912, ca.1913, ca.1916, of the Yough Slope Mine, Westmoreland Co., PA, for Pittsburgh Coal Company, Pittsburgh, PA.)
[ I ]
[ J ]
[ K ]
Keefer, W. W.
(General Superintendent, ca.1903, Pittsburg Coal Company, Yough Slope Mine, Westmoreland Co., PA.)
King, Albert
(American Miner Boy, Laborer ca.1901, Yough Slope Mine, Westmoreland Co., PA, Age 16, single.);
(Injured.  Arm crushed by mine cars, in the Yough Slope Mine, Nov. 2, 1901.)
Kogler, John
(Miner, ca.1903, Yough Slope Mine, Westmoreland Co., PA.)
Kosvhick, Andrew
(Hungarian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1903, Yough Slope Mine, Westmoreland Co., PA, Age 47, married.);
(Injured.  Hand punctured by a pick, in the Yough Slope Mine, Aug. 15, 1903.)
[ L ]
Latimore, Robert H.
(Superintendent, ca.1892, of the Youghiogheny Shaft Mine, Westmoreland Co., PA, for Ohio & Pennsylvania Coal & Coke Company.)
Lauver, Christopher
(Bohemian Miner, Machine Loader ca.1903, Yough Slope Mine, Westmoreland Co., PA, Age 48, single.);
(Killed.  Killed instantly by falling horseback, in the Yough Slope Mine, April 15, 1903.);
(April 15, Yough Slope Mine, Christopher Lauver, machine loader, was killed instantly.  He was employed loading coal in company with John Kogler.  The mine foreman has been in the place a short time previous and instructed Lauver to take down the roof which was loose.  He began to do so, and after taking down a portion of it he began to shovel it back upon the gob, when the other portion fell and caught him.)
Luiski, John
(Austrian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1913, Yough Slope Mine, Westmoreland Co., PA, Age 41, married.);
(Injured.  Leg fractured by a fall of slate at the face of a room, in the Yough Slope Mine, April 23, 1913.)
[ M ]
McCaffey, Charles K.
(Miner, Mine Foreman ca.1898, Yough Slope Mine, Westmoreland Co., PA.);
(Superintendent, ca.1898, of the Yough Slope Mine, for Columbus Gas Coal Company.)
Moore, Alexander "Alex."
(Irish Miner, Pick Miner ca.1898, Youghiogheny Slope Mine, Westmoreland Co., PA, Age 27, married, 3 children.);
(Killed.  Almost instantly killed by a fall of slate in a room, in the Youghiogheny Slope Mine, Oct. 22, 1898.);
(Alexander Moore, Irish, was fatally injured in Yough Slope Mine on Oct. 22,1898.  This happened in No. 14 entry, No. 5 and No. 6 rooms.  While he was throwing back coal from under slate, although he had two posts under it at the time, there was a piece of slate that the post did not have the proper hold of, and while working at the coal, a piece struck the post and the jar of it shook the slate so that it fell on him.  Every one who woked beside this man said that he was very reckless about the slate, as he was anxious to load coal.)
Moore, Thomas
(Miner, Pick Miner ca.1889, Yough Slope Mine, Westmoreland Co., PA, Age 20.);
(Killed.  Was killed by being blown down on the entry from the force of an explosion of fire-damp (carbureted hydrogen); he was working in No. 37 room and had come out on the entry to put some picks on the mine wagons when the explosion occurred;  the fire-boss had examined the place in the morning and had reported it clear, and that they could work with naked lights; ten hours after this examination the explosion took place;  it was a hard matter to find out the cause of the explosion;  some thought the door between the two entries had been left open;  others thought that the fire-boss had neglected his duty, and the coroner's jury censured him and recommended his discharge; this was done at once; if he was guilty of carelessness he should have been discharged and prosecuted for manslaughter, but there seems to be grave doubts about his guilt; a door might have been left open or the furnace not been properly attended to;  this would cause the gas to accumulate in dangerous quantities;  the only thing I blame him for was that he allowed the men to work with naked lights too near the dangerous point.)
Morris, Patrick
(Miner, Pick Miner ca.1889, Yough Slope Mine, Westmoreland Co., PA, Age 33, married, 3 children);
(Killed.  Was severely burned by an explosion of fire-damp (carbureted hydrogen);  he died in ten days afterwards, there was fire-damp in the room where he worked, but he was given a safety lamp to work with, but at the dinner hour he went back to the room parting to eat his dinner; here he lit his small lamp for the purpose of getting more light to eat his dinner; after dinner he went back to his room with the naked lamp light on his head and the safety lamp in his hand; we do not need a wise man to tell us what is going to happen under such circumstances when men will get so careless.)
[ N ]
Navok, Mike
(Polish Miner, Coal Loader ca.1910, Yough Slope Mine, Westmoreland Co., PA, Age 34, married.);
(Injured.  Foot Lacerated by a fall of slate at the face of a room, in the Yough Slope Mine, Aug. 11, 1910.)
[ O ]
Olsen, Joseph
(Austrian Miner, Mule Driver ca.1912, Yough Slope Mine, Westmoreland Co., PA, Age 33, married.);
(Injured.  Hip fractured by being crushed between mine cars on the haulage road, in the Yough Slope Mine, July 3, 1912.)
[ P ]
Penser, Henry
(Miner, Pick Miner ca.1889, Yough Slope Mine, Westmoreland Co., PA, Age 35, married.);
(Injured. Foot mashed by a fall of slate, necessitating amputation, in the Yough Slope Mine, Oct. 1, 1889.)
Plahuta, John
(Austrian Miner, Coal Loader ca.1913, Yough Slope Mine, Westmoreland Co., PA, Age 50, married.);
(Injured.  Leg fractured by a fall of coal at the face of a room while pulling loose coal down, in the Yough Slope Mine, June 23, 1913.)
Price, Ed.
(Miner, Boss Driver ca.1898, Youghiogheny Slope Mine, Westmoreland Co., PA, Age 34, married, 4 children.);
(Killed.  Instantly killed by being run over by an empty dilly trip, in the Youghiogheny Slope Mine, Oct. 19, 1898.);
(Oct. 19, 1898, Ed. Proco, boss driver, was instantly killed by being run over by part of empty dilly trip in Yough Slope Mine.  This happened through his having stopped, across the track, thinking he had plenty of time to do so before the trip would reach hium, and so he would had had but 12 of the wagons of the trip cut loose by the hitcher pulling out, which caused them to run at an enormous speed and Prico not knowing this, thought to rope was attached to them and that he had plenty of time to cross over the track as he was in the habit of doing, but it cost him his life this time.);
(See also: Prico, Ed.)
Prico, Ed. (See: Price, Ed.)
[ Q ]
[ R ]
Rinehart, Conrad
(German Miner, Machine Runner ca.1901, Yough Slope Mine, Westmoreland Co., PA, Age 52, married.);
(Injured.  Leg fractured by a fall of coal, in the Yough Slope Mine, Jan. 31, 1901.)
[ S ]
Schluederberg, George W.
(General Superintendent, ca.1912, ca.1913, ca.1916, Pittsburgh Coal Company, Pittsburgh, PA, Yough Slope  Mine, Westmoreland Co., PA.)
Story, Marshall
(Miner Boy, Mule Driver ca.1892, Yough Slope Mine, Westmoreland Co., PA, Age 18, single.);
(Injured.  Leg broken by a fall od coal as he was sounding it with a pick, in the Yough Slope Mine, Aug. 23, 1892.)
[ T ]
Terfine, Anton
(Granish Miner, Mule Driver ca.1913, Yough Slope Mine, Westmoreland Co., PA, Age 20, single.);
(Injured.  Back bruised and arm injured by a fall of roof on an entry, in the Yough Slope Mine, Dec. 24, 1913.)
[ U ]
[ V ]
[ W ]
Warrick, John
(American Miner, Machine Scraper ca.1903, Yough Slope Mine, Westmoreland Co., PA, Age 40, married, 3 children.);
(Killed.  Fatally injured by falling foof, in the Yough Slope Mine, Feb. 26, 1903.);
(February 26, Yough Slope Mine, John Warrick was fatally injured.  He was employed assisting Henry Hall to run an electric coal-cutting machine. The Roof in the room which they were cutting was not very solid.  They had a safety post placed and throught that they were perfectly safe, but an unseen slip permitted a portion of the roof to fall out, which caught Warrick, inflicting injuries from which he died the next day.)
Winn, William
(English Miner, Machine Miner ca.1917, Yough Slope Mine, Westmoreland Co., PA, Age 53, married.);
(Injured.  Two ribs fractured by a fall of roof at the face of a room, in the Yough Slope Mine, Aug. 23, 1917.)
[ X ]
[ Y ]
Yex, Jacob
(American Miner, Coal Loader ca.1914, Yough Slope Mine, Westmoreland Co., PA, Age 24, married.);
(Killed.  Instantly killed by a fall of coal at the face of a room, in the Yough Slope Mine, Aug. 1, 1914.)
[ Z ]
Zaranski, Joseph
(Hungarian Miner, Pick Miner ca.1901, Yough Slope Mine, Westmoreland Co., PA, Age 24, single.);
(Killed.  Instantly killed by coming in contact with electric wires, in the Yough Slope Mine, Jan. 14, 1901.  Victim was riding down the grade on the rear end of a trip and upon reaching the end he got off to remove the sprags for the driver, when he came in contact with the electric wires, which were placed on the pillar a few inches apart and protected by a covering of boards two feet in width.)
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